Alviso is a historic town, perched at the southern point of the bay. The old, lovingly maintained houses are enjoying their last days above water. Whereas other places I’ve gleaned so far where the neighborhood identity is not discrete but fuzzy around the edges where it blends into the identity of the city as a whole, Alviso has a solid identity. It It only become part of San Jose in 1968. Likely it was part of the late ‘60s land grab that transformed San Jose into the 180 square mile monstrosity it is now.
From the yard waste pile I gleaned cherry branches, old tomato bushes, and one discarded apple. There were also some random vines, and bougainvillea, but the majority were edible plants.